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Subject: Re: What is Botvinnik's legacy to computer chess?

Author: blass uri

Date: 00:07:47 02/21/00

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On February 21, 2000 at 01:51:26, James Robertson wrote:

>On February 20, 2000 at 10:01:46, blass uri wrote:
>
>>On February 20, 2000 at 02:35:02, Bruce Moreland wrote:
>>
>>>On February 20, 2000 at 02:25:32, Eelco de Groot wrote:
>>>
>>>>Botvinnik worked for many years on his program Pioneer but had very poor
>>>>hardware available to him in the USSR. It could solve some very difficult
>>>>positions from Botwinnik's games but never reached the stage where it could play
>>>>whole games as far as I know.
>>>
>>>The essence of intelligence is generalization, and the ability to generalize,
>>>however poorly, is built into any chess program very early on.  Anyone can
>>>create a program in under 24 hours that plays a complete game.
>>
>>
>>I do not think that anyone can create a program in under 24 hours that plays a
>>complete game of chess even if the task is only to choose a random move.
>
>I think you are wrong here because all you would need is a move generator.

You are right that many programmers have no problem to do it but
my point was that I do not think that anyone can do it.

I believe that experienced programmers have no problem to do it in less than 24
hours but unexperienced programmers may have more bugs in the move generator
when they need time to understand the reason for the bugs and probably need more
than 24 hours.

Uri




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